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Thomond Community College Living Woodlands support saw students plant native Irish trees at the beginning of the month of March Thomond Community College Living Woodlands support saw students plant native Irish trees at the beginning of the month of March

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Thomond Community College Living Woodlands support saw students plant native Irish trees at the beginning of the month of March

Thomond Community College students have started March by increasing the biodiversity in the college’s waste ground by planting 900 native Irish trees

Thomond Community College students have started March by increasing the biodiversity in the college's waste ground by planting  900 native Irish trees as part of Living Woodlands
Thomond Community College students have started March by increasing the biodiversity in the college’s waste ground by planting 900 native Irish trees as part of Living Woodlands

Thomond Community College students began the month of March by increasing biodiversity in their school. 

The nine hundred native Irish trees planted will turn Thomond Community College’s waste ground into a vibrant ecosystem, encouraging birds, insects, and other species in an urban area. 

Native Irish trees such as alder, oak, Scot’s pine, hazel and birch were planted closely together by pupils to encourage a diverse pocket of nature. The Tiny Forest will grow up to 10 times faster than normal tree-planting initiatives 


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The forest funded by Irish Cement, will help create a wildlife corridor from the front to the back of the school grounds, and help to sequester carbon from the atmosphere. The outdoor space will be used by the students and support their learning across the school curriculum. 

Living Woodlands, a Limerick-based social enterprise, managed the project which included preparing the ground in advance, procuring the saplings and instructed the pupils in the planting of the Tiny Forest. It was clear from the positive engagement of students they were enjoying their outdoor classroom experience.

Living Woodlands is a social enterprise founded by brothers Colm and John Galvin whose vision is to see forestry plantations all over Ireland being transformed into community woodlands. They believe that people are part of the natural ecosystem and need to be involved in its restoration and protection.

They have already developed a project in partnership with Tait House Community Enterprise to plant a Tiny Forest in the heart of Southill in Limerick. This urban greening initiative will bring the benefits of a native forest into the inner-city community.

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